Classic Japan – Trafalgar

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Classic Japan – Trafalgar

11 Day Japan Tour from Tokyo to Osaka

A tale of four iconic cities and two former capitals – your epic journey through Japan blends old and new, with soul-stirring visits to ancient centres and modern cities.

About this trip

Sightseeing highlights

Explore Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka

Visit Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Gion District and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, the bamboo groves in Arashiyama, Nara Park and Todaiji Temple in Nara, Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima, Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and Tusyunoten Shrine and Umeda Sky Building in Osaka

See the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama

Scenic Cruise along the Sumida River in Tokyo and the Okawa River in Osaka

Travel highlights

Airport transfer
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time

Expired on Sunday December 15th, 2024

Expired on Sunday December 15th, 2024

Day 1: Konnichiwa Tokyo

Tokyo’s futuristic cityscape launches your journey through Japan’s modern centres and ancient capitals. On arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport, you’ll be transferred by airport shuttle to your hotel. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink with appetisers.

Accommodation
New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Included Meals
Welcome Reception

Rub shoulders with the locals this morning as you Dive Into Culture and wander through Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II. Continue to the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa to visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple, which has been rebuilt countless times since its founding in 628, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site. Take a stroll down Nakamise shopping street with some free time for lunch, then join a Local Specialist and learn the mesmerising rhythmic art of Taiko drumming, one of Japan’s most popular cultural icons.

Board a cruise along the Sumida River to admire Tokyo’s modern skyline, the traditional neighbourhoods of old Edo and beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. Later, return to your hotel for time at leisure and dinner at a Sumo-themed izakaya restaurant.

Accommodation
New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Included and optional experiences

Ameyoko Street Market Visit - Included with trip
Visit Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II.

Tokyo City Tour - Included with trip
Visit Tokyo's renowned landmarks and gain insight into how this modern city preserves its ancient roots.

Taiko Drumming Lesson LS - Included with trip
Spend some time learning the art of Taiko Drumming with your Local Specialist.

Sumida River Cruise - Included with trip
Bask in the stunning skyline of Tokyo as you embark on your Sumida River Cruise

The towering slopes of snow-capped Mt. Fuji loom in the distance as we journey from Tokyo to this celebrated UNESCO-listed site. Admire spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from its 5th station, a magnificent vantage point at 2,300 metres (weather permitting). After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll continue to Owakudani to see the volcanic activity. Consider sampling the local black eggs boiled in geysers, then head back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Accommodation
New Otani Garden Tower Tokyo

Included Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Included and optional experiences

Mt. Fuji 5th Station Visit - Included with trip
Admire the stunning countryside at Mt. Fuji 5th Station.

Tokyo Illuminations and 'Izakaya' Dining Experience - Optional experience
As the sun sets, start the evening with a drive past the classic Tokyo Tower to see its colourful illuminations. Continue to the Roppongi Hills and a visit to Tokyo City View with its indoor and rooftop ‘Sky Deck’ observation decks for magnificent views of the city at night. Later join in for a different kind of Japanese dining experience in an izakaya, a casual Japanese pub where the food is shared by everyone at the table (similar to Spanish Tapas). The menu is seasonal and generally includes meat and vegetarian Japanese appetizers, sashimi, tempura, grilled chicken, steamed fish and miso soup followed by dessert. One glass of wine, beer or soft drink is also included. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.
Pricing Info
Adults
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We leave Tokyo, travelling by high-speed bullet train to Kyoto, another former capital of Japan and the centre of Japanese culture for centuries. On arrival, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the Gion District, embracing the energy of Kawaramachi street. Enjoy some free time before we head to the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple, whose glittering golden pavilion is widely regarded as the symbol of Kyoto.

Accommodation
The Hotel Higashiyama

Included Meals
Breakfast

Included and optional experiences

Bullet Train To Kyoto - Included with trip
Jump aboard the high-speed Bullet Train towards the cultural hub of Kyoto.

After a late start this morning, we’ll visit one of Kyoto’s highlights – the historic and scenic district of Arashiyama, renowned for its cherry blossom trees which bloom in the springtime and its beautiful landscapes that change dramatically from season to season. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the towering Bamboo groves and see its iconic Togetsukyo Bridge. Connect with nature in the Zen gardens of Tenryuji Temple, then return to Kyoto for some free time at Nishiki market, a traditional food market known by locals as “Kyoto’s Pantry”. Return to your hotel or consider joining an optional Japanese tea ceremony experience.

Accommodation
The Hotel Higashiyama

Included Meals
Breakfast

Included and optional experiences

Arashiyama District Tour - Include with trip
Take a walk through the beautiful landscapes of the Arashiyama District.

Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience - Optional experience
Experience the ambience of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with a professional Tea Master who will have spent many years leaning his craft which is often presented in a ceremony influenced by Zen Buddhism. Learn about the history and culture of tea making in Japan and observe how the powdered green tea (matcha) is prepared by adding boiling water and mixing it with a bamboo whisk. There will also be an explanation on the Japanese way of making and drinking tea. Take the opportunity to try some Japanese sweets and afterwards, having observed the skill involved in making the tea, have a go at making your own! The price shown is in Japanese Yen.
Pricing Info
Adults
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Start the day off with a visit to Sumiyama Village and discover the stunning Kiyomizu Pottery which originated about 500 years ago in central Kyoto. Learn about the work of the craftsmen and about how they had to move out of the city and into a more rural area due to concerns from the local citizens about air pollution. Next 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' lunch with a local farmer at his home. Gain insights into the life of his family while sampling fresh tea and indulging in a delicious home-made meal, then visit his tea plantation.

This afternoon delve into the ancient history of Nara, the first permanent capital city of Japan. Here you’ll visit the landmark Todaiji Temple, one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha. Take a stroll around Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming tame deer before returning to Kyoto for an evening at leisure.

Accommodation
Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

Included Meals
Breakfast, Be My Guest

Included and optional experiences

Kyoto Kiyomizu Pottery Workshop Visit - Included with trip
Help support the work of the Kiyomizu pottery craftsmen with your visit to their workshop.

Dine with a local Farmer's Family in Nara - Included with trip
Lunch with a local farmer's family who own a traditional tea plantation in the Nara area.

Nara Orientation - Included with trip
Discover the tame deer as you explore Nara Park.

This morning, we board a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima, a lively city that celebrates peace in the shadow of the previous century’s devastation. Our first stop is to a local restaurant where we’ll join our Local Specialist for an Okonomiyaki making experience. Mix your ingredients to make your own savoury pancake and cook it on a hot plate before enjoying your creation for lunch. This afternoon, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate rising majestically out of the sea. Learn how to make Momiji Manjyu, one of the local specialities, shaping your steamed bun in the shape of a maple leaf and filling it with sweet red bean paste. You’ll have an opportunity to sample your work before returning to Hiroshima by ferry.

Accommodation
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Included Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Okonomiyaki Making Experience LS - Included experience
Learn the art of Okonomiyaki making and savour your own creations for lunch.

Miyajima Island Orientation - Included with trip
Discover the majestic Itsukushima Shrine and learn a new skill when you join a Local Specialist to practice making Momiji Manjyu.

This morning, we head to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum and see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing when the first atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Take a moment to contemplate its symbolic expression of hope for world peace. Spend the afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience.

Accommodation
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Included Meals
Breakfast

Included and optional experiences

Visit Peace Memorial Museum and Park - Included with trip
Discover the rich history when you visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park.

Shukei-en Garden and Orizuru Tower - Optional experience
Visit Shukei-en garden; an Edo style historic Japanese Garden located in the centre of Hiroshima. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and take a stroll around the gardens which are beautifully laid out with paths that meander around a lake with bridges and small islands. Later, visit Orizuru Tower, named after the folded paper crane (bird) it is a symbol of peace. Ascend to the rooftop observation deck for panoramic views of Hiroshima City and on a clear day, see as far as Miyajima Island. During your visit learn about the changes of Hiroshima townscape before and after the bombing and also how to make a traditional origami crane. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.
Pricing Info
Adults
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Today take the high speed bullet train to Osaka. On arrival embark on an orientation drive of the city before checking in to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Accommodation
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Included Meals
Breakfast

Included and optional experiences

Osaka Orientation Drive - Included with trip
Embark on an orientation drive through the city of Osaka.

Gain a different perspective of Osaka’s landmark city sights, starting your day with a cruise on the ‘aqua-bus’ along Okawa River. Sail past the Japan Mint, City Hall, Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks.

Visit the downtown district of Shinsekai to see the Tsutenkaku Tower, then continue to the Dotonbori Street area for some time at leisure. Delve into the star-crossed love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei during your visit to the Tusyunoten Shrine in Umeda, associated with the Edo-period play ‘The Love Suicides of Sonezaki, which tells of the tragic double suicide that took place at the shrine in 1703. To this day, visitors write their prayers for success in love on special wooden plaques called ema, many of which bear the image of Ohatsu and Tokubei. Admire the panoramic views of Osaka from the Floating Garden Observatory – an open-air viewing platform that straddles the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building. Later join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Accommodation
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Included Meals
Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Okawa River Cruise - Included with trip
Discover Osaka's beautiful city landmarks as you embark on your Okawa River Cruise.

Shinsekai District Orientation - Included with trip
See the wonderful Tsutenkaku Tower, the Tusyunoten Shrine which holds the love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei, and then take the time to bask in the spectacuar views as you visit the Floating Garden Observatory.

Your journey revealing Japan's past and present is at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals
Breakfast

Departure Return Offer Price
05 Jan, 09 Feb 24 15 Jan ,19 Feb 24 $9650
31 May 24 10 Jun 24 $8843
28 Jun, 19 Jul, 06 Sep 24 28, 29 Jul, 16 Sep 24 Small group $9650 10%Off $8685
20 Sep, 04, 18 Oct 24 30 Sep, 14, 28 Oct 24 Small group $9825 10%Off $8843
08 Nov 24 18 Nov 24 $9825
16 Dec 24 26 Dec 24 $9650

*Prices are per person based on twin share

Booking Term and Conditions

The following conditions apply to bookings made after 15 August 2023 for tours departing on or after 1 April 2024. If you booked before 15 August 2023 or are travelling before 1 April 2024, please see the relevant Booking Conditions for your tour.

Payment and Cancellation

LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2  AIRLINE TICKETS***
Deposit due per person $200 $350 As per airline policy
Final Payment due
(before departure)
60 days 90 days As per airline policy
Cancelation Charges (per person) if you cancel your holiday (No. of Days before travel)
Before Final Payment Date Deposit Deposit As per airline policy
Final Payment Date until 30 days before departure 50% 50% $75 plus airline charges
29 days – 2 days before departure 80% 80% $75 plus airline charges
1 day before or day of departure 100% 100% $75 plus airline charges

Cancellation charges pertain to the tour, extra nights’ accommodation as well as chargeable transfers.

NOTE: Included flights are outlined in each trip itinerary in our brochure or online. Guests travelling on any flight must provide their full name (as appears on their passport), date of birth and gender. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or in a worst-case scenario, be denied boarding.

Level 1: Cancellation fees are the minimum cancellation fee charged and is used unless the trip is described as Level 2.

Level 2: These trips are generally trips which include cruise/ferry, train, intra-trip flight elements and small group departures.

A full list of all trips and levels can be found at Tour Deposit Level.

Expired on Sunday December 15th, 2024

Inclusions

Travel
11 days, 1 country and 6 cities

Accommodation
10 nights

Meals
10 Breakfasts, 1 Welcome Reception, 1 Be My Guest, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner, 1 Farewell Dinner

Sightseeing highlights

Explore Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka

Visit Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Gion District and Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, the bamboo groves in Arashiyama, Nara Park and Todaiji Temple in Nara, Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima, Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and Tusyunoten Shrine and Umeda Sky Building in Osaka

See the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama

Scenic Cruise along the Sumida River in Tokyo and the Okawa River in Osaka

Travel highlights

Airport transfer
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time

Expired on Sunday December 15th, 2024

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